11/03/2013 01:16 pm ET | Updated Nov 04, 2013

Barbara Walters: Jenny McCarthy Criticism 'Was Unfair'

Barbara Walters is speaking out against the negative reports about new "View" host Jenny McCarthy.

The show denied reports earlier this month that viewers were turned off by McCarthy, who joined the cast in September. "There is absolutely no truth to this story," a spokesperson for "The View" told the New York Daily News.

Walters further defended McCarthy in an interview with Howard Kurtz on his Fox News show "MediaBuzz."

"I think the criticism about her was unfair and it was criticism that had to do with very personal views," she told Kurtz, referring to McCarthy's controversial autism activism. "I think it was at the root of some of the criticism, it’s not a subject that we have discussed on 'The View.'"

(h/t THR)


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